Outfitting the Afghan police with literacy
In Afghanistan, the responsibility for security will be fully transferred to the national security forces after 2014. It is thus a pressing concern for the Afghan people. To equip the Afghan police with literacy, UNESCO launched the “Literacy for Empowering Afghan Police” Project (LEAP) in 2011 with support from the government of Japan.
So far, the initiative has trained 298 facilitators who provide literacy training to almost 6000 Afghan national police officers.
To help neo-literate police officers test their reading ability with informative and relevant material, UNESCO publishes a monthly newspaper, Khedmat (which means "service" in the Pashto and Dari languages).
Part of the LEAP programme, it features police-related issues in the national languages of Dari and Pashto. The police-specific content of the newspaper is produced in close collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and local news agencies to ensure the quality of the language and accuracy of the content.
“I am happy to see the Khedmat newsletter every month,” says police officer Akarm Khan. “The contents are very informative and it strengthens the topics we learn in literacy class.” So far six numbers have been issued with a circulation of 35,000 copies covering 34 provinces across Afghanistan.
A nine-day adult literacy training workshop was conducted earlier this year (26 May - 5 June) to enhance delivery of literacy for master trainers, with the focus on teaching methodologies and best practices. The workshop allowed both trainers and trainees to exchange views and brainstorm relevant subjects. One trainer, Ms. Sayeda, welcomed the opportunity to acquire the training skills needed for her career as a master trainer. “I feel so good to be able to serve the Afghan police through teaching literacy,” she said. “There is no doubt that literate police can help this country better.”